RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-35 :: Monday, 26 February 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#35
Monday, 26 February 2018
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1. London Review of Books: Jackson Lears, Russiagate Revisited.
2. USA Today: State Department launches $40 million initiative to counter Russia election meddling.
3. Early voting begins in remote Russian regions for 2018 presidential polls.
4. TASS: Russian presidential candidates begin three-week debate marathon.
5. TASS: More than 50% of respondents can name just half of the presidential candidates – poll.
6. ‘I’m no Putin fan, but one must accept facts’: Veteran journo walks out of Al Jazeera panel (VIDEO) (Vladimir Pozner) [Video]
7. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Russian pundits mull why Putin campaign proceeding ‘sluggishly’
8. Moscow Times: Russia’s Opposition Leaders Come Together, Briefly, in Nemtsov March. But with three weeks until the presidential election, political analysts don’t see a viable strategy.
9. Hal Freeman, PUTIN’S CONTINUING LEADERSHIP & PRESIDENCY. (excerpt) [Full text]
10. Bear Market Brief: Kremlin mulls May Decrees sequel.
11. TASS: Russian telecom watchdog removes ban on Navalny’s webpages.
12. Los Angeles Times: Sabra Ayres, Russian millennials look to their future: ‘If we don’t do anything now, we will keep living like our parents’ [Text with photos]
13. Bear Market Brief: In macro victory, S&P hands Russia investment-grade rating.
14. Russia overtakes China in gold reserves race to end US dollar dominance.
15. Bloomberg: From Russia, With Love: Wheat for Half the World. [Text with charts]
16. Weapons chief predicts anti-Russian sanctions will remain ‘forever’
17. AP: With No Flag or Anthem, Russians End Olympics With Gold.
18. Putin to hold meeting with Russian PyeongChang 2018 medalists.
19. Rick Sterling, Sabotaging Russia at the Olympics. The circumstances surrounding the two Russian doping cases at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics are strange and suspicious. []
20. The Wire (India): ‘Wide Angle’ Episode 23: ‘West Has Failed, Eurasia Is the New Status Quo.’ Maya Mirchandani interviews Sergey Karaganov, dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, about Russian intervention in Syria, US-Russia relations, future of Eurasia and more. [Video interview:]
21. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: US-Russian missile dispute could lead to new sanctions.
22. Xinhua: Russia to curb attempts to derail Syrian settlement.
23. TASS: Russian top diplomat forecasts more ‘fake news’ aimed at tearing apart Syria.
24. Indian Punchline: M K Bhadrakumar, Russia, Pakistan edge closer in new cold war conditions.
25. The Hollywood Reporter: Russian Oscar Nominee on Similarities Between Life Under Putin and Trump’s America. Alexander Rodnyansky, a producer on ‘Loveless,’ also explores the film’s universal appeal and why he deliberately made it without any support from the Russian government.
26. GlobalVoices: All of the Soviet Union’s Academy Award Winning Films are Legally and Freely Available Online. (excerpt) [Full text]
27. TASS: Amazon to broadcast six Russian TV shows online.
28. Legendary Agents: Sensational New Book Comes Out Revealing Secret Lives of Real Russian Spies. [TV video]
29. Awful Avalanche: American Anti-Corruptioners Target Poroshenko – Part IV. [Text with links]
30. Richard Haass, Cold War II. A quarter-century after the end of the Cold War, the world unexpectedly finds itself in a second one. This state of affairs was anything but inevitable, and it is in neither side’s interest to escalate tensions further.
31. Democracy Now: Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm’s Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump?
32. Tom Junes, Russian interference in the virtual world is not the problem. If there were no Russian “influence operations” in the virtual world, no disinformation campaign spearheaded by Russian bots and trolls, would the western world look much different today?
33. Wall Street Journal editorial: Democrats for Eavesdrop Abuse. Their intel memo confirms the FBI used Clinton research to spy on Carter Page.
34. The Federalist: David Marcus, The Russia Probe Has Turned The News Into ‘Ancient Aliens.’ The news media’s rush to judgement on the Russia probe has left them looking like ancient astronaut theorists: entertaining but wrong.
35. Washington Post: Anne Applebaum, America doesn’t need Russia to ruin democracy. It can do it itself. []
36. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Democrat Memo Lays Egg by Publius Tacitus (excerpt) [Full text with links]
37. Stanley Cohen, Thirteen Russians: a Defense Lawyer Decodes the Mueller Indictments. [Full text]

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